Canada-led project documents global gay movement

20140629 195656 71816732 Canada led project documents global gay movement

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international research and documentary project, working to advance social justice and equality for queer people around the world.

Gay activists from Canada, India and 10 other countries in Africa and the Caribbean document the conditions LGBT communities live in around the world and tell the stories of local gay rights movements.

The research focuses on the criminalization of queer people in Commonwealth countries and the fight back from the community towards injustice and unfair treatment.

“Our goal is to share our knowledge, resources and lessons to be learned, and to document a movement,” said York University visual arts professor Nancy Nicol, who spearheaded the five-year project with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Some of the project’s participants are in Toronto for the launch of a joint WorldPride exhibition with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, titled Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration and Contradiction that runs until October.

The show features video portraits and photographic work that challenge the meaning of “home” in a world that keeps refining homophobic and racist oppression.

The Star interviewed two of the activists from Uganda and Kenya. The following is an edited version of the interviews.

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